Vice Chancellor’s Statement to Staff and Students 18.3.20
Dear Students and Colleagues - Friends,
The past few weeks have triggered many challenges and I am immensely grateful for those who stuck with the University and responded to what was very evidently emerging as an unprecedented crisis.
A number of colleagues and students came together, including over the past weekend, to help Bangor University navigate this crisis. I know that I express on your behalf shock and deep sadness at the havoc being caused by COVID-19 around the globe and increasingly here in Wales and the UK.
In the eight months that it has been my delight and responsibility to lead this remarkable University, we have taken some key initial strategic steps to enable this University to thrive. I am determined that this University emerges from this crisis as a powerhouse - the University of and for North Wales - leading the fight back from COVID-19 by making our economy globally competitive through big science. At the same time I am so proud of our contribution to culture and how we promote bilingualism, the humanities and social sciences here.
Nothing, however, has risen to the level of concern engendered by this pandemic. The wellbeing and health of our students and staff is paramount. The University had to make the very hard decision to postpone face to face teaching and to cancel a number of our signature events including conferences, educational and research visits, placements and performances. All of these events had been the product of energetic engagement, innovative thinking, intensive planning, and sheer commitment to the success of this University and the excellence of our student experience. We will none the less promote a scholarly community using the best technology that we have to connect with each other.
I am buoyed by the strong leadership I have seen across the University community at all levels. Bangor University is truly remarkable and the sense of community here is tangible and we must all now pull together, caring for and supporting each other over the coming months. Bangor University and its staff and students will continue to stand strong, and creatively reimagine our programme delivery and assessment methods.
We will keep you updated over the coming weeks.
With warmest regards to you all and deepest respect to you and your families,
Professor Iwan Davies
President and Vice- Chancellor